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Annas (also Ananus or Ananias; Hebrew: חָנָן‎, khanán; Koinē Greek: Ἅννας, Hánnas; 23/22 BC – death date unknown, probably around AD 40) was appointed by the Roman legate Quirinius as the first High Priest of the newly formed Roman province of Iudaea in AD 6 – just after the Romans had deposed Archelaus, Ethnarch of Judaea, thereby putting Judaea directly under Roman rule. Annas appears in the Gospels and Passion plays as a high priest before whom Jesus is brought for judgment, prior to being brought before Pontius Pilate. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Annas has received more than 324,226 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Annas is the 484th most popular religious figure (down from 438th in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from Israel (down from 63rd in 2019) and the 40th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Annas is most famous for being the high priest who presided over the trial of Jesus.

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Among religious figures, Annas ranks 484 out of 2,272Before him are Saint Nino, Pope Marinus II, James, son of Alphaeus, Anastasia of Sirmium, Pope Benedict VI, and Hippolytus of Rome. After him are Vincent of Saragossa, Guru Nanak, Ansgar, Christina of Bolsena, Pope Agapetus II, and Pope Eugene I.

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Among people born in 22 BC, Annas ranks 1 Among people deceased in 66, Annas ranks 3Before him are Paul the Apostle and Petronius. After him are Claudia Antonia and Publius Clodius Thrasea Paetus.

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Among people born in Israel, Annas ranks 74 out of 389Before him are Micah (-737), Jehoiakim (-634), Jeconiah (-700), Ehud Barak (1942), Amon of Judah (-660), and James, son of Alphaeus (-10). After him are Dinah (null), Ehud Olmert (1945), Pontius Pilate's wife (6), Ada Yonath (1939), Jehoash of Judah (-843), and Baldwin III of Jerusalem (1130).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Annas ranks 40Before him are Barabbas (1), Penitent thief (-18), Rabbi Akiva (50), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Micah (-737), and James, son of Alphaeus (-10). After him are Pontius Pilate's wife (6), Simeon (null), James, brother of Jesus (-20), Pope Theodore I (600), Epiphanius of Salamis (315), and Nicodemus (-50).